Councilman James Darcy was elected to the 3rd Council District during the special election held in November 2000.
Before being elected to serve the residents of the 3rd Council District, Jim Darcy served as Assemblyman for the 21st Assembly District (Southwest Nassau) since January 1999. While in the Assembly, he served as a member of the Education, Judiciary and Aging Committees, as well as serving as ranking minority member on the Ethics and Government Operations Committees. He worked non-stop to serve the needs of his constituents. He delivered thousands of dollars in state grants to local municipalities and local organizations. He helped make New York State the first state in America to make college tuition tax-deductible. In addition, he is most proud of having helped deliver two straight years of record increases in aid to education and of having helped to create the enhanced E.P.I.C. program - enabling more of our seniors to get needed medicines at affordable prices.
Before being elected to serve the residents of the 21st Assembly District, Jim Darcy served as Mayor of the Incorporated Village of Valley Stream since April 1995. As its Chief Executive Officer, Jim Darcy was responsible for the formulation and operation of an $18 million plus annual budget. He supervised a staff of over 250 full-time and 300 part-time employees. More importantly, he worked non-stop to meet the needs and concerns of his more than 39,000 constituents.
During his term as Mayor, Jim Darcy transformed an inherited $900,000 village deficit into an approximately million-dollar village surplus. Continuing in that vein, Jim Darcy became the first mayor in over 20 years to hold the line on taxes for two consecutive years. He enacted the village's first extensive ethics code, holding Valley Stream government officials accountable for their actions. As Mayor, Jim Darcy saw to it that a memorial monument was constructed and dedicated to Valley Stream veterans who had made the supreme sacrifice for their country. Darcy played an integral role in bringing the traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall to Valley Stream - another first for the village and Nassau County.
Darcy aggressively pursued and received grants for the improvement of Valley Stream's quality of life, including monies to fund a major environmental impact study to address the needs of an approximately 4.3 square mile area known as the Valley Brook Watershed (an ongoing project). Darcy had the village join the Nassau County Consortium, thereby allowing the village to request and receive funding for major improvements (such as the ongoing project known as "Operation Downtown"). Darcy also succeeded in the removal of a decades-old local eyesore and danger, the Rio Theatre, replacing it with a quaint pocket park. In addition, Jim Darcy instituted the Valley Stream Adopt-a-Block-Park program, a strictly volunteer village beautification program. These examples, as well as countless other efforts instituted by Jim Darcy as Village Mayor, have succeeded in uniting the community of Valley Stream, regardless of political party affiliation, for the betterment of all.
Prior to serving as Village Mayor, Jim Darcy served as Deputy Village Attorney and Village Prosecutor. In these capacities he represented the village's interest in Village Court. He prosecuted zoning, traffic and parking violations. He also managed motions before the court as well as appeals of court decisions to the Appellate Term - Supreme Court.
In addition to his tenure of public service, Councilman Darcy owns and operates his own general law practice, providing both litigation and non-litigation services on a wide array of legal matters. His areas of legal expertise include real estate, personal injury, wills and estates, elder law, general corporate work, criminal and quasi-criminal matters, general litigation and contract concerns.
Councilman Darcy is also an active member of his community. Presently he holds membership in the Father Carroll Knights of Columbus (3rd Degree), B.P.O.E. Lodge #2164; the League of Women Voters of the Greater Five Towns; the Kiwanis Club of Woodside; the Metropolitan Museum of Art; the Wildlife Conservation Society; and the Museum of Natural History. Darcy also puts time aside to be an assistant CYO basketball coach. In the past, he has served on the Valley Stream Taxpayers Association Board of Directors, and is a former member of the Holy Name of Mary Parish finance and fundraising committees.
Councilman Darcy holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English from Fordham University, a Master's Degree in English from SUNY Brockport and a Doctorate of Jurisprudence from St. John's University School of Law. He is admitted to practice before all New York courts as well as the United States District Courts: Eastern, Southern and Northern Districts of New York.
Councilman Darcy resides in the Incorporated Village of Valley Stream. He and his wife, the former Stephanie Zincone, have resided in Valley Stream since their early childhood. They have three children and one granddaughter.
The Third Council District includes Atlantic Beach, East Atlantic Beach, Inwood, Lawrence, North Valley Stream, South Valley Stream, and Meadowmere Park; and a portion of Cedarhurst, Franklin Square, Malverne, Valley Stream, West Hempstead, and Woodmere.